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Water Polo Concludes Regular Season at Fordham

Nov. 3, 2017

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The Navy water polo team (8-14, 1-8 MAWPC) concludes the regular season on Saturday with a single game against Fordham (14-8, 4-2 MAWPC). The game is slated for 12:00 p.m. at the Col. Francis B. Messmore Aquatic Center in the Bronx, N.Y. 

The game will be the 28th meeting between the two teams. Navy holds a 24-3 advantage in the all-time series. Earlier this year, the Rams edged the Mids, 8-7, in a game in Annapolis.

This season the Mids are led by freshman Bobby Lee (Santa Ana, Calif.) and Nate Reiff (Wheeling, Ill.). Lee has a team-best 27 goals, while Reiff is the only other Midshipmen with more than 20 goals, netting 23 on the year. Junior Taylor Bernhardt (Annapolis, Md.) has a team-best 16 assists and is just ahead of fellow junior Conor Sullivan (Greenfield, Mass.) for the team-lead in steals. Bernhardt has 29, while Sullivan has 26.

At goal, the Midshipmen have primarily used a pair of keepers – Francis Kim (Houston, Texas) and Ronan Williams (Severna Park, Md.). Kim, who has played in 16 games, has notched 125 saves, while Williams has tallied 88 stops in 13 games this season.

Bobby Lee Named Co-Rookie of the Week
B. Lee was named Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference Co-Rookie of the Week, along with Iona’s Patrick Hudak, this week as announced by the league office. B. Lee scored a pair of goals in Navy's only game of the week at nationally-ranked Bucknell, increasing his team-lead in goals to 27 on the year. The freshman produced a third of the Mids offensive output in the game. He scored the first goal of the game for either team, giving Navy its first lead of the game. B. Lee scored a fourth-quarter goal in an attempt to spark a rally against the No. 17 Bison.

Last Time vs. Fordham (Sept. 23, 2017)
Navy concluded a day-night doubleheader with Fordham at Scott Natatorium. The night cap saw the Midshipmen battle hard and get edged in the final seconds of play by Fordham.

After falling behind 3-0 early, Reiff put the Mids on the scoreboard. The Rams used a late goal to take a 4-1 advantage after one quarter of play.

In the second quarter, the Navy defense stood strong and did not allow a goal to score, allowing the offense to mount a comeback. Nik Galvan (Henderson, Nev.) started the attack with a goal to close the gap to two. Reiff’s second goal of the game closed the deficit to 4-3 heading into halftime.

Coming out of the break, Fordham scored to go back up two, 5-3, but Matt Skowronski (Oak Hill, Va.) pulled Navy back to within one. With just under 90 seconds remaining in the quarter, the Rams scored to take a 6-4 advantage into the final quarter of play.

Gabe Gaspar (Pittsburgh, Pa.) wasted little time in the fourth quarter, pulling Navy to within one just 31 seconds into the four quarter. Galvan followed with the equalizer with just under six minutes to play. Fordham scored, but Galvan answered 25 seconds later to knot the game at 7-7. The scored remained tied until Fordham fired in a goal with 21 ticks on the clock to claim the one-goal victory, 8-7.

Last Time Out
Navy dropped a 12-6 decision on the road to No. 17 Bucknell on Saturday evening at Kinney Natatorium in Lewisburg, Pa. The Mids were unable to match the nationally-ranked Bison’s offensive output.

Navy saw five players combine to score six goals. B. Lee led the charge for the Midshipmen, netting a pair of goals, increasing his team-lead in goals to 27 on the year. He was joined by Jared Castillo (League City, Texas), William Lowdon (Hillsborough, Calif.), Crawford Smith (Mechanicsburg, Pa.), and Skowronski with goals on the night.

Kim and Williams split time between the post for the Midshipmen. Kim finished the game with nine saves, but surrendered eight goals, while Williams allowed four goals, making three stops.

MAWP Championship
Navy will host the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference Championship at Lejeune Hall on Friday through Sunday, Nov. 17-19. This is the second MAWPC Championship, and the winner earns an automatic berth to the NCAA Championship. Ticket prices are $25 for a tournament pass and $10 for a one-day pass. Children under 12 are free.



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